Blood, Blood Products, and AIDS

Edgar H. Pierce Jr, MD
JAMA. 1988;260(12):1793. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120139049.
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Undertaking a review of the recently published Blood, Blood Products, and

AIDS was done with some hesitation because of the barrage of publications, scientific and otherwise, that we as medical readers are subjected to at this time. However, the editors have gathered a group of contributors who have an international scope of experience, both in the basic sciences of virology and immunocompetency and in transfusion medicine and hematology. In this manner, this international compendium of short treatises covers the relationship of blood and blood products to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

While the editors appropriately leave out clinical description of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and its treatment, infection, epidemiology, and transfusion-associated inoculation are approached in a straightforward, factual manner, with abundant referencing and documentation where scientific material is being discussed. It is noted with some poignancy that this disease, especially among hemophiliacs, covers a broad age range, from newborn to


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